Probably the most surprising of Hansen's selections is the positional change of Rhys williams on the wing and Gareth Thomas at full-back. Thomas impressed at full back during Wales' matches against New Zealand and England at the World Cup and clearly this has infuenced Hansen's plans as he has picked a back three that possess devastating attacking options.
Blues captain Martyn Williams has regained his place on the flank after a string of impressive performaces in the Heineken Cup. He regains his place at the expense of young Osprey's flanker, Jonathan Thomas, who moves down to the bench.
Having made a full recovery from the back injury that had sidelined him from the last four Cardiff Blues matches, Iestyn Harris rekindles the centre partnership with Sonny Parker that proved explosive at the World Cup.
Wales team to play Scotland in the RBS 6 Nations Championship at the Millennium Stadium on Saturday:
G Thomas (Celtic Warriors); R Williams (Cardiff Blues), S Parker (Warriors), I Harris (Blues), S Williams (Neath-Swansea Ospreys); S Jones (Llanelli Scarlets), G Cooper (Warriors); Duncan Jones (Ospreys), M Davies (Warriors), A Jones (Ospreys), B Cockbain (Warriors), G Llewellyn (Ospreys), C Charvis (Tarbes, capt), M Williams (Blues), Dafydd Jones (Scarlets).
Replacements: H Bennett (Ospreys) or G Williams (Blues), G Jenkins (Warriors), M Owen (Gwent Dragons), J Thomas (Ospreys), D Peel (Scarlets), C Sweeney (Warriors), T Shanklin (Blues).